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Bhagadatta in the Mahabharat

Bhagadatta was a great king and warrior in the Mahabharata. He ruled Pragjyotisa. In the Mahabharat war, he fought on the side of the Kauravas. As per the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhagadatta was born from the limb of asura called Biskala.

Bhagadatta was a friend of Pandu. But the triumphant tour of Arjuna in connection with the Rajasuya Yajna performed by Yudhisthira evoked feelings of jealousy in the heart of Bhagadatta. He fought against Arjuna who defeated him. He accepted defeat and congratulated Arjuna on his supreme courage.

In the Mahabharata war, Bhagadatta wounded King of Virata, Ghatotkcha, Bhima, and numerous other warriors. The fight between Arjuna and Bhagadatta was of epic proportion. Bhagadatta used Vainavastra given to him by Vishnu against Arjuna. But Arjuna was able to fend it off.
Finally, Arjuna killed Bhagadatta. Vajradatta his son also was killed by Arjuna.

Hartalika Teej 2017 date – Fasting Date of Hartalika Teej Vrat in 2017

Hartalika Teej Vrat is an important Hindu fasting observed by Hindu women and is dedicated to Goddess Parvati in North India. Hartalika Teej 2017 date is August 24, Thursday. It is one of three Teej festivals and is mainly observed in North India and western parts of India. Hartalika Teez is observed mainly in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and is some parts of Maharashtra.

Popular belief is that by observing Hartalika Teej Vrat unmarried women will get good husbands. This Teez is observed by both married and unmarried women. Married women observe the Vrat for a happy and peaceful married life.

Hartalika Teej is based on the intense austerities (tapas) observed by Goddess Parvathi to get Lord Shiva as her husband. It is believed that Goddess Parvati will bless those women who observe the Vrat.

The fasting rules of Hartalika Teej Vrat are very tough and some women even don’t drink water during the fasting period.

Hartalika Teej is the most important of t…

Gowri Habba 2017 Date – Ganesh Gouri Festival in 2017

Gowri Habba, or Ganesh Gouri Festival, is observed during the Ganesh Chaturthi, or Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival in Karnataka. Gowri Habba 2017 date is August 24, Thursday. Gouri Habba is also known as Swarna Gouri Vratam. On this day, Goddess Gowri (Parvathi) is worshipped. The ritual and observance is held on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Kannada calendar.

Gowri Habba is performed by both married and unmarried women. A golden image of Goddess Parvati is worshipped on the Gowri Habba day. The popular belief is that Goddess Parvati visits her devotees on the day and Lord Ganesha comes on the next day (Ganesh Chaturthi day) to take her back to Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva.

Married women perform Ganesh Gouri for a happy and peaceful married life. Unmarried women perform it for getting good husbands.

Please note that a Ganesh Gouri Festival is observed in Maharashtra during the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival and it is diffe…

Nandi Bull with the Head of a Horse in a Tamil Nadu Shiva Temple

The customary Nandi bull at the Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple in Tirunelvelli district in Tamil Nadu has the head of a horse. This Shiva temple is one of the Nava Kailasam temples.

As per the story associated with the temple, a king the region had a daughter with the face of a horse. He offered prayers to Shiva to find a relief. Shiva one day appeared in the dream of the king and asked him to take a holy dip in Thamiraparani River at Murappanadu and offer prayers to the Shivling there.

The king soon performed all that Shiva told in the dream. Soon the princess got back the human face.  It is believed that Shiva asked Nandi to take the face of a horse to cure the princess.
Nandi with horse head faces the main Shivling worshipped in the temple.

Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple – Fifth Nava Kailasam Temple

Sky is blue and sunset is golden seen but false – Swami Chinmayananda

Earth is round earth moves not seen but true.

Sky is blue; sunset is golden seen but false.

Energy in the atom, vitality in the sun and gravitational force not seen but true.

Double moon, mirage waters dreams and hallucinations seen but false.

World we see but not true. Truth we not but true.

No action is absolutely good or absolutely bad. Action itself is in a relative world, it is not in the absolute. Action is a relative manifestation of reality.

Ravana was a mighty power, but because of his inordinate desires, his mental vitality was retarded and inwardly he collapsed. I am not talking about the external collapse when he was vanquished.

That is not it. Mentally his peace was gone, his judgment was gone and he came to a point of even wanting to destroy the messenger of Rama. This was wrong. Although in his own way he was a great man, he should have respected ambassadors. He had lost his mental equipoise in the upsurge of passionate desire for another man’s wife. So it was mora…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 2, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, September 2, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:08 PM on September 2. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 2, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 12:25 PM. Nakshatra – Pooram or Purvaphalguni Nakshatra till 12:19 PM on September 2. Then onward it is Uthiram or Uttaraphalguni Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Pooram or Purvaphalguni Nakshatra till 12:25 PM on September 2. Then onward it is Uthiram or Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 6:41 PM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa …

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